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18 nursing institutions working unlawfully in Liberia

Victor Kezelee/Maximilian Kasseh, Jr.

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE) says in its quest to ensure quality assurance at the Commission, it has discovered eighteen nursing schools that are operating illegally in the Country.


The disclosure was made Monday, September 3, 2018, by the Commission’s Director for Quality Assurance, Rev. Andrew Lavalah when he appeared on ELBC Radio.


Rev. Lavalah said the discovery was made following a report from the Commission’s assessment Team.


He said the institutions involved were written for a conference with the Commission to authenticate their operations.


Rev. Lavalah said at the moment Liberia has thirty-eight accredited institutions that are in three categories, awarding Masters, Bachelor, and Associate Degrees in various disciplines.


He said the number constitutes ten public institutions, nineteen Faith-Based, and nine Private institutions.


According to him, their assessment identified four institutions with provisional permits and they were told to reapply for regular permits.


Rev. Lavalah said since 2017, the NCHE has not accredited any higher educational institution and it is therefore warning institutions of higher learning   operating illegally to desist, as the Commission has set criteria for operating such institutions in line with its mandate.


For her part, the Registrar and Executive Secretary of the Liberia Board for Nursing and Midwifery also frowned on schools operating Nurse-Aid Programs in substandard fashion.


According to Madam Cecelia Flomo, they are working in collaboration with the Commission on Higher Education to ensure schools are accredited before operating, as the field of nursing is a critical area.

She said established in 1948 by the Liberia Nurses Association and amended in 2016, the Liberia Board of Nursing has core function to regulate Nursing and Midwifery Education and Party.


Madam Flomo said in the scope of practice, one coming from a nursing school must sit and pass the State Board Exam and must have graduated from an accredited Nursing School in order to be a Registered Nurse.


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